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Working time accounts

The purpose of the Danish working time accounts (WTA) is to compile time series on hours worked and calculate wage and employment data for companies registered in Denmark. The statistics integrate and aggregate existing statistics, including the Labor Market Accounts (LMA) and Employees, and it is comparable since 2008.

Statistical presentation

The statistics is a quarterly and yearly calculation of hours actually worked, number of employees, number of jobs and wages in DKK million. The statistics are distributed by industry, sector, whether you are an employee or self-employed, and by gender.

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Statistical processing

The population and concepts as well as levels of the variables are defined by annual structural data sources. Short-term data sources are applied in projections to periods for which structural data are not available. Summation of the data is conducted before they are projected. Data are seasonally adjusted both for use in Denmark as well as for use in Eurostat’s business short term statistics (STS).

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The statistics is relevant for users interested in social and economic statistics.

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Accuracy and reliability

The labor market and, consequently, the working time accounts, have been greatly affected by the closure of the community from mid-March as a result of COVID-19 and by the measures taken to mitigate the effects of the shutdown. The extraordinary conditions in the latter part of the first quarter mean that this quarterly statement of employment and hours worked is subject to substantially greater uncertainty than usual.

The statistics is mainly based on the Labour Market Accounts (LMA). LMA integrates and harmonizes a wide range of data sources in a statistical system. This means that LMA can illustrate the labour market better than individual statistics can. LMA is at the same time based on a total census of the population, so there is not the same uncertainty as with statistics based on sampling. The quality of the statistics has also been significantly improved by the fact that the projection period has been reduced compared to previous versions.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The annual Working Time Accounts (WTA) are published 6 months after the reference year. The quarterly WTA are published two months and 15 days after the reference quarter.

The statistics are usually published without delay in relation to the scheduled date.

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The Working Time Accounts (WTA) deliver labour market data to the business short-term regulation (STS) and the national accounts (SNA / ESA). Therefore, changes in these regulations typically result in changes in the WTA. A description of the transitional tables between the WTA and the National Accounts (NA) can be found in the publications on the NA. Transitional tables between the WTA and the Register-based Labour Force Statistics and the Establishment-related Employment Statistics are published in Statistical Reports (Statistiske Efterretninger - in Danish only) for the annual WTA.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics are published in News from Statistics Denmark (Nyt fra Danmarks Statistik in Danish only) and in the Statbank Denmark. You can read more on our website on the Working Time Account, WTA and our website on employment.

S.6.2. Data sharing: In addition to quarterly figures to Eurostat (STS and indirectly via ESA), data from the Danish WTA are also transmitted to OECD (regional questionnaire) and ILO (ILOSTAT database) although the latter are transmitted in annual figures only.

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